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things good writers don’t do

October 20, 2011

There are people who write in a streamlined, tidy sort of way. Their desks are clean; their manuscripts are orderly and paper-clipped. They do not have an orange cat shedding on the rug next to them or a sick 14 year old under a blanket on the couch. They work slowly and steadily and take breaks to stretch their legs or reflect on all they have to be grateful for. If their back is sore they do a little yoga. In fact, their backs never get sore, because they take yoga breaks every single day. If it is a beautiful day, they might stroll outside to enjoy the weather.

Here are the things they do not do: They do not skip meals and then eat chocolate bars the size of their head; they do not eagerly pick up the phone when their friends call and then tell these friends memories from childhood, long highly detailed memories, which they have just remembered. They do not work on ONE SENTENCE all day long and then delete it. They do not strew their manuscript all over the dining room table and floor (near the orange cat). Nor do they backtrack so that instead of moving forward, they end the day on p.3, instead of p.253, which is where they are supposed to be. They do not write blog posts instead of dealing with how far back in the manuscript they have strayed.

Personally, I feel very sorry for people like this.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2011 5:13 pm

    Oh! Charlotte, what would life be without you???! Love the piece, comme d’habitude!

  2. October 20, 2011 5:37 pm

    they write, the problem is they have no desire to be read

  3. October 20, 2011 6:36 pm

    Ok Charlotte, I think you missed your calling! You are a comedian – really – you make me laugh so hard! Keep on writing, and writing, and just blow those cat hairs off your manuscript! XO Lisa

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